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There are two types of restraining orders in Massachusetts: abuse prevention orders and harassment protection orders. In some contested family law cases, one party will file for a restraining order against the other based on false allegations of abuse or verbal harassment in an attempt to get custody or control of the house. If a restraining order is filed against you, you have options for defending yourself.
Violating a Restraining Order Is a Criminal Offense
A restraining order is not a criminal charge. However, violating any of the terms and conditions of a restraining order is a criminal offense. If arrested for violating the terms of a protection order, you could be fined up to $5,000 and sent to prison for up to 2.5 years. Violators are often ordered to undergo a certified batterer’s intervention program and/or treatment for substance abuse and anger management. Massachusetts courts take restraining orders seriously—and so should you. If a restraining order has been filed against you or if you have been charged with violating the terms of an abuse prevention order or harassment protection order, contact us now.
What Can a Restraining Order Do?
A restraining order can do a number of things, including:
- Prevent you from coming near your spouse, significant other or children
- Force you to move out of a shared residence
- Prevent you from contacting your spouse, significant other or children
- Prevent you from coming within a certain distance of people listed on the order
A restraining order also may limit your ability to attend your children’s school or sporting events.
How Our Massachusetts Divorce Attorneys Help
If you have been served with a restraining order, you need experienced legal representation. Miller Law Group, P.C. can help you fight to defend against a restraining order, so it doesn’t affect your custody or parenting plan arrangement.
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